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Tae Kwan Do Day

"Be willing to go where the going may be tough and do the things that are worth doing even though they are difficult.
Be gentle to the weak and tough to the strong.
Be content with what you have in money and position but never in skills.
Always finish what you begin, be it large or small.
Be a willing teacher to anyone regardless of religion, race or ideology.
Never yield to repression or threat in the pursuit of a noble cause.
Teach attitude and skill with action rather than words.
Always be yourself even though your circumstances may change.
Be the eternal teacher who teaches with the body when young, with words when old, and by moral precept even after death."

Choi Hong-hi was a South Korean Army general and martial artist who was an important, albeit controversial figure in the history of the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do and is regarded by many as its founder. Choi combined elements of Taekkyon and Oh Do Kwan Karate to develop a style of the martial art known as Taekwon-Do, (태권도; 跆拳道), which means "foot, fist, art" or "the way of hand and foot". The International Taekwan-Do Federation (ITF) and others credit Choi with starting the spread of taekwondo internationally by stationing Korean taekwondo instructors around the world.🥋 🇰🇷

World Tae Kwan Do Day began in 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam orchestrated by the ruling body of Taekwondo or the World Taekwondo Federation.

Taekwondo is a discipline that is practiced by more than 70 million individuals worldwide. This number is not limited to South Korea, the country where it was created, but also from over 188 other countries.

Taekwondo, also spelled Tae Kwon Do or Taekwon-Do is a Korean form of martial arts characterized by punching and kicking techniques, with emphasis on head-height kicks, spinning jump kicks, and fast kicking techniques. 

To facilitate fast, turning kicks, Taekwondo generally adopts stances that are narrower and taller than the broader, wide stances used by martial arts such as karate. The tradeoff of decreased stability is believed to be worth the commensurate increase in agility.

Taekwondo ranks vary from style to style and are not standardized. Typically, these ranks are separated into "junior" and "senior" sections, colloquially referred to as "color belts" and "black belts":

Practitioners in the junior section of ranks generally wear belts ranging in color from white (the lowest rank) to red or brown (higher ranks, depending on the style of Taekwondo). Belt colors may be solid or may include a colored stripe on a solid background. The number of ranks varies depending on the style, typically ranging between 8 and 12.   

The senior section of ranks—the "black belt" ranks—is typically made up of nine ranks. Each rank is called a dan 단 (段) or "degree" (as in "third dan" or "third-degree black belt"). The numbering sequence for dan ranks is opposite that of lower ranks: numbering begins at 1st dan (the lowest black-belt rank) and counts upward for higher ranks. A practitioner's degree is sometimes indicated on the belt itself with stripes, Roman numerals, or other methods.

For more about this form of Martial arts, click the painting.

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